Wednesday January 10, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are your plans for the New Year?
Michaela McNabb, Johnsonville “Being fit.”
Gabrielle McNabb, Johnsonville “Same for me, being fit. And also joining the Polaroid Challenge where you take one photo each day.”
Analena McNabb, Johnsonville “Watching TV shows at home and playing with my toys, and going to the mall.”
Mayoral mentoring programme Mayor Justin Lester and deputy mayor Jill Day are now accepting letters of interest from Wellington rangatahi (young people) aged 18-25 years to be part of the mayoral mentoring programme and be their Tuia representative for 2018. This will be the eighth year Wellington
City Council has participated in this leadership development programme and the first time that we will have two Tuia Rangatahi. For more information, visit mayorstaskforceforjobs.co.nz/home/our-work/ tuia-and-mtfj-rangatahi.
Sheila Ford, Khandallah “I don’t have a resolution, I’ll be just carrying on and have a good year.”
Katharine Taylor, Crofton Downs “To look after myself because I often look more after others than myself. And to spend more time with my family.”
Ella Taylor, Crofton Downs “Being more organised.”
City Mission thanks Wellington for being stars
Hutt River toxic algae gone On Monday, Greater Wellington Regional Council informed that Hutt River is safe for swimming and walking your dog again after last week’s rain flushed the toxic algae
away. A no-swim warning remains in place at Richard Prouse Park in Wainuiomata, where Hutt City Council are investigating high levels of E-coli.
Volunteers from Spark helping sort gifts. PHOTO: Facebook
The Wellington City Mission thanks the community after “being blown away by Greater Wellington’s response to their Christmas Star Appeal”. Last Christmas has seen a record number of people get involved in their Christmas Walk of Fame, with close to 270 stars displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa. Local businesses, groups, families and individuals have purchased the naming rights to these stars, and each one represents families being supported by the mission this Christmas and beyond. People and businesses throughout the community have also got behind the appeal by filling 420 Christmas Star Boxes with food and gifts, taking part in the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’, buying tickets to the Christmas raffle, and volunteering their time to sort and repack Christmas goods. Generous private and business donors have also contributed financially online. The money enables the Mission to continue offering their programmes and services both now and into 2018. “We have been absolutely amazed by the support for our Christmas Star Appeal
this year,” Michelle Branney, Wellington City Mission chief executive officer, says. “We’re so thankful to everyone who has got involved – whether you gave food or gift donations, donated financially, bought a star on the Walk of Fame, or helped in one of the many other ways. This generous support is certainly making an incredible difference for many during the Christmas season and will continue to do so well into the New Year.” The mission has given out close to 1200 Christmas food parcels – that’s food for more than 3000 people in total. This is on top of the 350 regular food parcels which they also distributed during November and December. Approximately 1700 children from throughout Greater Wellington have also received new gifts this Christmas. Recipients of the food and gifts are City Mission clients, as well as those of 38 other community service agencies the mission collaborates with such as Red Cross Refugee Services, Newtown Union Health, Te Waka Whaiora, Lower Hutt Family Centre, Kahungunu Whanau Service and Birthright.
Independent Herald 10-01-18